Scranton, PA – On Thursday evening, February 13, the U.S. Marshals
Service (USMS) recovered a young boy who had been missing in New Jersey
since February 1, 2014. The 3-year old child had not been returned to the
custody of his father after a one-day court authorized visit granted on
Authorities in New Jersey investigated this alleged parental abduction, and
determined that the non-custodial mother Mary M. Carter had not returned the
3-year old in over twelve days. On February 13, an arrest warrant was issued
by Judge Darlene J. Pereksta in Mercer County, New Jersey.
On February 12, the Hamilton Township (NJ) Police Department declared the
3-year old boy a missing person.
On February 13, this case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Service New
York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF). A lead was
forwarded to the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.
On February 13, an investigation began in greater Wilkes-Barre. At
approximately 8:15pm, U.S. Marshals, district task force personnel, and
Wilkes-Barre Police officers positively identified Mary Carter and the
3-year old boy as they left a shelter on South Street in Wilkes-Barre. The
fugitive was taken into custody without incident. The missing child was
recovered unharmed. He was turned over to local and county authorities for
care and housing, pending coordination with their New Jersey counterparts
and the custodial father.
Mary Carter, 25-years old, was charged as a fugitive from justice. She was
lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility pending her extradition
to New Jersey.
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service
committed all its efforts to finding this innocent young child and arresting
the wanted subject. His safe recovery and the woman’s capture were
U.S. Marshals were also assisted by the Scranton Police Department, a
participating member of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District
The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest
the nation’s most dangerous offenders.
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